I don’t speak much about my thoughts on political and social issues. I’m fairly non-confrontational and generally prefer friendly debates over coffee or beer to Facebook and Twitter. I have also felt that as a straight, white, Christian male who has all of the benefits of privilege that one could possibly have, that my role was to make room for other voices to be a part of the conversation. I have spent much of my time over the last few years learning and listening to those other voices. My Twitter and Facebook feeds have changed drastically to include the voices of people on the front lines of social justice. I have learned a lot.
But after this election, I have realized that it’s not enough to just listen and learn. I need to add my voice. The only way that the progress of the last decade can continue is that if the voices against hate, against racism, misogyny, and xenophobia speak loud and clear.
I will still listen. I will still learn. I will still seek love and compassion above all else. But I will speak. I will find ways to leverage my privilege.
I hope you will join me.
If you want to listen and learn, here are some people I recommend following. You don’t have to agree with every word that they say, but listening has nothing to do with agreeing.
- Shaun King - Black Lives Matter
- Deray McKessen - BLM
- Rachel Held Evans - Women in the church
- Mike McHargue (aka Science Mike) - The Liturgists/Ask Science Mike (Where God, justice, and science intersect)
- Michael Gungor - The Liturgists/Gungor
- Propaganda - Spoken Word Artist
- Leonce Crump - Founder of Reformation Church in Atlanta
- Broderick Greer - Pastor, BLM/LGBTQ Activist
- Matthew Vines - LGBTQ and the church
- Shane Claiborne - Christian Activist, Death Penalty, author of The Simple Way and Jesus For President
- Kenji Kuramitsu - Asian American Experience/Social Justice
- Amena Brown - Spoken Word artist
**I would love to add to this list. If I’m missing someone, please add them to the comments section